|Stonington, Maine Guide|
|The real Maine coast: a fishing and granite-quarrying town proud that it's no tourist trap. Come here also for the boat to Isle au Haut, part of Acadia National Park.|
Stonington: the town's name comes from its pink granite, still quarried and worked in small quantities. A monument in the town center—a bronze stone-cutter atop a block of Deer Isle granite—commemorates the craft.
There's parking along the main street and in a lot (follow the signs). Note that the Town Dock is reserved for vehicles working in the fishing and lobster businesses—don't even think of parking there!
What to See & Do
Many visitors drive down to Stonington just for the day. The center of town is along Main Street at the harbor, from the Stonington Public Library to the Opera House art center (map). Main Street has a few small inns, restaurants and shops notable for their lack of hype.
Tourists are easily outnumbered by locals, which makes Stonington an authentic place.
First thing to do is wander along the harbor, enjoy the views, and have an ice cream cone or a lobster roll at the Stonington Ice Cream Company near the library.
South of the library is the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries' Discovery Wharf, a research facility and historical museum with exhibits about the local marine trades. More...
Photography in Stonington
Stonington is popular with photographers because if its unspoiled views and scenes full of character:
Isle au Haut
The Isle au Haut Boat Services (also called "the Mail Boat") departs from Stonington for Isle au Haut pronounced "ILE-uh-HO"). Service to the Town of Isle au Haut Landing operates year-round. In the warm months, the boat also stops at the Acadia National Park Landing at Duck Harbor.
Besides the "mail boat" passenger and freight services, you can take a Penobscot Bay lighthouse tour, a tour to Seal Island to see puffins, and even lobster fishing tours. More...
So what's to do on Isle au Haut? Wander through the village or, if you debark at Duck Harbor, go hiking in this remote territory of Acadia National Park.
—by Tom Brosnahan